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The Island Reviews

The Island by Ragnar Jonasson

The Island

Hidden Iceland Series, Book Two

Ragnar Jonasson

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2 reviews

Imprint: Michael Joseph Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9780718187255

Four friends visit the island. But only three return . . . Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir is sent to the isolated island of Ellidaey to investigate and soon finds haunting similarities with a previous case - a young woman found murdered ten years ago in the equally desolate Westfjords. Is there a patient killer stalking these barren outposts?

4 stars out of 5
Joan Smith
14 Apr 2019

"a chilling novel about people with dark secrets"

When a woman dies on an uninhabited island, suspicion immediately falls on the three old friends who made the trip with her. Hulda’s investigation into their shared history parallels her attempt to discover the identity of her own father, a US serviceman. This is a chilling novel about people with dark secrets, protecting themselves without a thought for the consequences.


4 stars out of 5
Marcel Berlins
26 Mar 2019

"An excellent addition to the growing band of top-class women detectives"

No one does isolation better than Ragnar Jonasson, who is superb at portraying Iceland’s stark landscape and savage beauty. In The Island a young woman takes her lover for a romantic weekend to a tiny remote island she knows. There she is murdered... Hulda Hermannsdottir, a quiet, unhappy middle-aged detective inspector from Reykjavik, travels to the scene, looking for a link between the two deaths a decade apart. Hermannsdottir is an excellent cop. Unexcitable, she interviews quietly and reaches her conclusions with stealth and subtlety. An excellent addition to the growing band of top-class women detectives.